Modern English Literature; Its Blemishes And Defects by Henry Hegart BreenModern English Literature; Its Blemishes And Defects by Henry Hegart Breen

Modern English Literature; Its Blemishes And Defects

byHenry Hegart Breen

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ... BLUNDERS. Among the many blemishes that disfigure English prose, not the least noticeable is a want of perspicuity. Of this defect I have cited some examples in the chapter on " Composition." It occurs, however, so frequently in the more offensive shape of contradictions, incongruities, and blunders, that I have taken the trouble to collect some samples for the instruction and entertainment of the reader. In accounting for the existence of such things, we are accustomed to assign them to that intellectual "drowsiness," from which even honest Homer was not exempt; but we do not perceive that this infirmity is daily assuming a more widespread and contagious character; and that the drowsiness which was merely occasional among the ancients, has degenerated in our time into habitual torpor. Now for our samples:--"The robber was confined in an empty garret, three stories high, from which it seemed impossible for him to escape."--Smollett. Roderick Random. "A garret three stories high," is a contradiction in terms. It was the house, and not the garret, that was three stories high. "The back front of the academy is handsome, but, like the other to the street, one cannot stand back enough to see it in any proportion, unless in a barge moored in the middle of the Thames."--H. Walpole. Letter to Mason. The incongruity here consists in coupling such terms as " back" and "front." "If a young writer should ask, after all, what is the best way of knowing good poets from bad, the best poets from the next best, and so on? The answer is, the only and twofold way. First, the perusal of the best poets with the greatest attention; and second, the cultivation of that love of truth and beauty which made them what they are."--Leigh Hunt. Imagination and Fancy....
Title:Modern English Literature; Its Blemishes And DefectsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217786677

ISBN - 13:9780217786676